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Posted Tue May 22, 2012, 7:57am
Subject: Alex Duetto II: 8mm or 10mm Rubber sleeve?
 

I took out the insulated tube in my no-burn steam wand (my micro foam is 100X better) and now I want to get a rubber sleeve to go on the outside.

Does anyone know if I need the 8 or 10 mm sleeve?  

Thanks!
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Posted Tue May 22, 2012, 8:05am
Subject: Re: Alex Duetto II: 8mm or 10mm Rubber sleeve?
 

Very interesting!  I wonder if anyone else has had the same experience?  I haven't done that mod.  Although I think I'm getting great microfoam, I do find it layers on top of the milk, and it doesn't seem to last as long as I'd like.  Also, my wife seems to still think I got better microfoam with the Silvia!  Would one be able to replace the tube if they changed their mind, or is this a done deal?

Sorry, I don't mean to hijack your thread.


Can't you just measure the wand's outside diameter?

 
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Posted Tue May 22, 2012, 8:40am
Subject: Re: Alex Duetto II: 8mm or 10mm Rubber sleeve?
 

No worries and ya I can measure, but I wanted to buy it online right now and i'm not at home :-).  

But seriously, take out that tube and everything is awesome with steaming milk.  After reading some stuff on other forums, i was about to get the New Isomac 2 hole tip and adapter (around $25) but saw some suggestions about taking out the tube helped.  So I decided to try that first before buying and it solved my problem.

I used to work on a Astoria Plus 4 You in my barista days, and the steam reminds me of that caliber now.  I think the tubes just make the steam wet which produces poor micro foam.
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Posted Tue May 22, 2012, 8:50am
Subject: Re: Alex Duetto II: 8mm or 10mm Rubber sleeve?
 

cool, thanks!  I've heard that about the tubes before, now that you mention it.

totally understand the not at home thing.  I was going to say before that I'd measure it for you, but I'm not at home, and suspected that might have been the answer.  I bet you could call CCS and they'd tell you over the phone.  If you get it figured out, will you please post it?

 
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Posted Wed May 23, 2012, 7:30am
Subject: Re: Alex Duetto II: 8mm or 10mm Rubber sleeve?
 

I removed the tube yesterday and immediately noticed a huge increase in steam power.  

Regarding the rubber sleeve...it's 10mm and I've ordered one from espresso parts.  Of course, until I get it, I will likely continue to burn my fingers (yeah, twice so far, but not too bad at least).

 
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Posted Wed May 23, 2012, 11:21am
Subject: Re: Alex Duetto II: 8mm or 10mm Rubber sleeve?
 

Sweet!  Thanks for checking that out, totally forgot about it when I got home yesterday.  Right now I'm using a binder clamp on the wand to move it around.  

Let me know how the milk steaming goes, it's a little faster steaming time but I think the practice pays off with nice micro foam.
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Posted Wed May 23, 2012, 11:45am
Subject: Re: Alex Duetto II: 8mm or 10mm Rubber sleeve?
 

you're welcome!

I started another thread about my frothing experience, under espresso Q&A.  I called it something like Duetto II steam improvement.  Would appreciate your thoughts there, actually.

 
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